Founded in 2007, Manifesto is a non-profit, youth-powered platform designed to put local artists on the map and unite, inspire and empower diverse communities of young people through arts and culture, year-round.
Our programs aim to cultivate multi-disciplinary artistic and professional development for young people and artists across mediums. Building careers, fostering community connections and fuelling civic pride – all while contributing to the vitality of the city we love.
About<br/>Manifesto

About
Manifesto

2014<br/>Festival

2014
Festival

MNFSTO<br/>SHOP

MNFSTO
SHOP

Manifesto<br/>Messengers

Manifesto
Messengers

SINCE 2007…
1000
Artists Showcased
60
Internships Created
1000000
Paid to Artists & Young People
90
Events Produced
50000
Avg. Annual Attendance
1200
Employment Opportunities Created
800
Volunteer Experiences Created
1
City.

"Artists need this festival to get their art out."

− D-SISIVE, Artist

"Manifesto represents the lifeblood of Toronto's urban arts scene."

− TORONTO STAR

"The best part of Manifesto I think is the platform it provides for people to feel a part of a community and experience that community in a real way."

"I think it’s really helped increase the pride in our city."

− Eternia, artist

"I was exposed to so many kinds of people from everywhere which ultimately led to developing good business relationships, lifelong friendships, travel opportunities, and the opportunity to work independently."

"Getting involved with the festival is a fantastic opportunity for young people to gain hands-on experience in various creative industries and to learn new skills from like-minded, passionate individuals."

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